Hon Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC

Hon Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC

Former Minister for Education; Aboriginal Affairs; Electoral Affairs

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Former Minister for Housing; Racing and Gaming

    New era for secondary education in the Pilbara

    18/10/2013 12:00 AM
    • Karratha Senior High School’s $55m new facilities opened
    • Funding includes $9.5million from State Government’s Royalties for Regions

    Karratha Senior High School's $55.5million second stage has been officially opened, bringing all the school’s students together on one site and giving them access to state-of-the-art facilities.


    Officially opening the school today, Education Minister Peter Collier and Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the milestone was the culmination of a 10-year vision to build a senior high school in the town’s education and training precinct.


    The completion of the new buildings has allowed years 8 to 10 students to join years 11 to 12 students who moved to the Dampier Road site in 2010 when the $33million first stage was finished.


    Mr Collier said the school’s 740 students now had access to new-generation facilities designed around the latest research and innovations in school planning.


    “The school’s location next to the Shire of Roebourne’s Leisureplex, which was also part funded by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions, means that students and staff have access to facilities such as indoor courts, a gymnasium, outside covered courts and ovals,” he said.


    “Students will also benefit from easy access to the Pilbara Institute’s facilities where they can work towards national training qualifications.”


    Mr Grylls said access to high quality education and learning opportunities was a major consideration for people when choosing to work and live in regional Western Australia. 


    “The State Government’s Royalties for Regions program has made a significant investment towards upgrading and enhancing infrastructure and services at public schools in regional Western Australia,” he said.


    “Children in the Pilbara are entitled to receive a first-class education and the new facilities at Karratha Senior High School will go a long way to support that outcome.”


    New facilities built in the second stage include a library resource centre; administration and student services and mathematics, English, and society and environment classrooms.


             Fact File

    • New facilities also include: visual arts, materials technology and food and textiles areas; cafeteria; hard courts and small oval
    • $581.8m allocated in this year’s Budget to create new schools and improve others
    • Builds on an unprecedented $1.4billion investment in school infrastructure between 2009-10 to 2012-13, resulting in 26 schools and 640 new classrooms

    Education Minister’s office - 6552 6300

    Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 5500